Bridge Base Online Help


Challenges are a new and exciting one-on-one duel against a friend or a random opponent. Play the same set of boards, and see who does better in your own private duplicate or total points tournament!

Click the button Challenges under Featured Areas.

Challenge a Friend

Click the button to Challenge a Friend.

Decide on your scoring type (IMPs, MPs, or Total Points). Check the box next to the scoring type. The number of boards is variable from 4 boards to a maximum of 16 boards. Use the drop down arrow to choose the number of boards you want to play. Checking the "Best Hand" box means that you will have the best hand at the table.

Fill in your friends' username in the Invite space and click the button to Create Challenge. Your friend does not have to be logged in when you issue a Challenge. The only time you can Cancel a Challenge is one that has not yet been accepted. Once accepted, a Challenge cannot be canceled. However, a Challenge will expire if the boards are not completed prior to the expiration date, one week after the date and time of the initial Challenge.

Your friend has the option to either Accept the Challenge or Reject the Challenge. If they do not take either action, there is an expiration date, one week from the date of the challenge.

You can begin playing the boards once the Challenge has been accepted by your friend, but not before.

Challenge a Stranger

Challenge a stranger by entering the Bridge arena. You will be randomly matched with an opponent and each of you will receive 1 day to finish your set of boards. Click the button to Challenge a Stranger. Any player looking for an Arena Challenge can accept the challenge and play against you. A Stranger Challenge expires in 24 hours, if not accepted.

Decide on your scoring type (IMPs, MPs, or Total Points). Arena Challenges are limited to 8 boards. Click the link to Create Challenge. The only time you can Cancel an Arena Challenge is at this point, before you create the Challenge. Once an Arena Challenge is created, it cannot be canceled.

You can begin playing the boards as soon as you issue the Challenge. You do not have to wait until the Challenge has been accepted when you Challenge a Stranger.

Status of Your Challenges

Once a Friend Challenge is accepted, it cannot be canceled. Neither you nor your friend have play all the boards at one sitting. To begin or resume play, click the green dot and then click Begin Play. Remember, a Challenge will expire if the boards are not completed prior to the expiration date.

To check the status of your Challenges or any active Arena Challenges, when you log into the site, click the button for Challenges. Your Challenge list will be display at the top of the next screen.

An Active Challenge shows a green dot to the far right on the Challenge bar - that tells you that you have boards left to play. Click the button to Play Now!

A Pending Challenge is a Challenge which has not yet been accepted. A yellow dot to the far right of your friend's username shows a Pending Challenge. A Pending Friend Challenge can be canceled by the originator, at this point, by clicking the button Cancel Challenge.

A Completed Challenge shows a red dot on the Challenge. A completed Arena Challenge which is still listed under your Challenges means you have played the boards but your opponent has not yet completed the boards, or the challenge has not yet been accepted by a stranger.

Challenge Limitations

There are limitations which we impose. You get a set number of Friend and Stranger Challenges per day, maximum.


Results will be sent to your BBO Mailbox or they can be accessed by clicking the MY BBO button on the top row of horizontal buttons, and then clicking Recent Tournaments once the Challenge is completed. You can also see your hands under the My Results tab on the vertical row of tabs on the far right of the BBO window. Those results will be visible immediately after completing the boards, and will stay there until you log out of BBO, or join another table as a kibitzer or a player. Then, they will be replaced with that table's hand records.

As a side note, if it so happens that you are online when a Challenge is completed by your opponent, or if your opponent has already played all boards and you're the one to complete the Challenge, you will get the leaderboard in real time, as a pop-up window, like for any tournament.

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